The Dream of Michael Sam making the St. Louis Rams’ roster as the first openly gay player ended on Saturday. Although he didn’t make the loaded Rams front seven, Sam showed well on and off the field during his first NFL preseason.
According to Sportsline.com, Michael Sam left a series of Tweets thanking the Rams for the opportunity to live his dream and make the NFL. During the preseason, Sam led the Rams in sacks, so he is more than aware of his ability to make an impact for an NFL squad.
Michael Sam was a 7th round draft pick and the odds were stacked against him to make the Rams. He made it to the final five cuts, but to no avail, the Rams decided not to keep 10 defensive lineman to open the NFL season. Unfortunately for Sam, the Rams have been incredible at finding defensive line talent, and he is too one dimensional right now to make this Rams team.
From the moment Michael Sam was drafted by St. Louis, it was going to be an uphill battle to make the deepest front seven in the NFL. As an SEC defensive player of the year, there was speculation that his draft stock dropped due to Sam coming out as gay. It didn’t help matters that he didn’t perform well during the NFL combine.
Now Michael Sam can be picked up by a practice squad team in the NFL. That means he can still be part of the St. Louis Rams if the 31 other teams don’t claim him off waivers in the next 24 hours.
Kansas City could be another nice fit for the rookie defensive end. If that does not happen, the San Francisco 49ers might want to bring the pass rusher in. With the nine game suspension of Aldon Smith, Sam could be a welcomed addition for the 49ers. That would be an interesting match up if Sam faced the Rams as a rookie. However, since he’s familiar with St. Louis, and he fits in so well with the scheme, it might be wise for both parties to stay affiliated.